- Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:23
- Written by Super User
Kure Memorial Lutheran Church: Let Your Light Shine
117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16.
“Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst. Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed. Longing for shelter, many are homeless. Longing for warmth, many are cold. Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone. Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness. ” (from Christ Be Our Light, Bernadette Farrell).
“Faith on Tap,” young(er) adult ministry gatherings will be on February 3 and 17. Come check it out! Join us for a beverage, a bite to eat, some discussion of what’s going on in the world and in our lives today, and to wrestle with how the Bible guides us through it.
9:00 Sunday School
11:00 Fellowship Time
4:30 Youth Group
Surfin’ on God’s Grace,
Pastor: Dan Keck 910-458-5266 kurememorial.org
Bound to a Promise
Trusting Faith When the Unthinkable Happens
Mrs. Floyd, my name is Paul Howard, and I’m calling from the United States embassy in Antigua. I’m sorry, ma’am, but I need to ask, are you Bonnie Clever-Floyd, daughter of William Norman Clever? I regret to inform you that your father has been killed.”
It was a cold, ordinary morning when Bonnie Floyd answered the phone call that would change her life forever. That date—February 1, 1994, would be seared in her heart as the day her parents had been brutally murdered. “They didn’t suffer, Mrs. Floyd; they were shot in their sleep…”Stunned and despairing, Bonnie cried, “They’re dead. They’re gone…”
Bound to a Promise tells the amazing true story of faith in the face of unimaginable loss. Bonnie Floyd’s father and stepmother had been living a dream life—serving as caretakers of a private tropical island and traveling the world in a sailboat. That life was cut short when three young men boarded their yacht as it was anchored off the coast of Antigua. Determined that there should be no witnesses to their theft and brutality, the assailants shot all four people on board. For several years prior to that terrible day in 1994, Bonnie and her husband, Donnie, had been seizing every opportunity to share their faith with her parents. “I had done all I knew to do to share with them. They had come a long way in their views of God. They acknowledged his hand at work in their lives and in ours, and they were never against a suggestion to pray,” Bonnie recalls. “To this day I can still see the intensity in my father’s blue eyes and the assurance on his face when he said, ‘I promise you, if I ever get into a position where I fear for my life, I will pray, but I have never been, nor will I ever be in a position where I am not in total control.’” Within six months, Bonnie’s parents were dead.
In the coming months and years, as God began to reveal what really happened that night in Antigua, Bonnie found not just the assurance that she would see her parents again in heaven, but also the power to forgive. Bound to a Promise includes the fascinating account of the Antiguan trial that brought her parents’ killers to justice, featuring some dashing Scotland Yard detectives, a criminal in search of redemption, and many other memorable characters from the island. Bonnie’s colorful descriptions of her parents’ adventures abroad and her time in Antigua lighten the mood and add a touch of travelogue to the true crime drama. In a truly inspirational twist, Bonnie arranges a meeting with one of the confessed attackers, a man who would eventually claim her as family.
As a speaker, Bonnie has shared her story with thousands of people—particularly women—across the country. Many of them can relate to the obstacles she overcame early in life. Bonnie was a young teenager when her parents divorced and her beloved father left. By the time she reached her 20s, she had grown accustomed to a feeling of abandonment. “It was obvious when people leave me, they don’t come back.” Bonnie remembers. “Every boy or man I had ever loved had broken my heart. With a track record like that, I was in desperate need for unconditional love.” Bonnie finally found the love she was looking for during her journey of faith; her daily efforts to share the promise of that love with others are the common threads woven through each chapter of Bound to a Promise and what drives Bonnie in her life today.
Fairmormon Creates Faith-Support Website
FairMormon has released a new online discussion forum titled “FairMormon Support” which is found at www.FairMormonSupport.org. The online forum provides an additional resource and support for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who struggle with questions and challenges to their faith. The website explains: “This site will allow for a safe place for you to explore with others the questions and challenges that confront you as you live a life of faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are here to help you and to support you as you seek continued participation in the Church despite questions or doubts you experience.” John Lynch, Chairman of the Board of FairMormon said, “This site is designed to give struggling members a safe place to go, along with getting views and information that’s intended to bring them back to a place where they can choose faith, and persist and even grow in their confidence in the foundational claims of the Church”
Lynch added that he hopes “the FairMormon Support Forum can be a safe and trustworthy place where no question is off the table but where the focus is always on growing to a position confidence and faith in the authenticity claims of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
In addition to launching FairMormon Support, FairMormon has also revised all of its websites in order to make information more accessible to those who have questions or doubts about their faith or the Church. FairMormon Support is one part of the collection of these various websites. Participants can be anonymous if they wish, to post various questions, and to join a community that has experience in dealing with tough issues and also understands the emotional struggle a trial of faith can pose. Those who want to join or to learn more can visit FairMormon Support.org. FairMormon is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented, faithful answers to critical questions regarding LDS doctrine, belief and practice. Along with FairMormon Support, FairMormon also sponsors an annual conference, produces an award-winning podcast, gospel study aids and hosts the world’s largest database of faithful answers to critical questions. FairMormon can be found at www.FairMormon.org and is supportive of, but not officially endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint - See more at: pressreleases.religionnews.com/2013/12/18/fairmormon-creates-faith-support-website/#sthash.TlpWUs6x.dpuf
A Word of Hope
A Word of Hope: The Light Shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5). During this time of preparation for Christmas, may the light and love of Jesus fill your hearts and your life! Wherever you worship, may you be surrounded by a community of faith that is full of love and be blessed by God’s grace! God’s blessings for a Blessed Christmas season!
Advent Schedule - Wednesday, Dec. 18 - 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer Service. Reflection: “Light of Hope”. The calming and lovely Holden Evening Prayer Service is a brief and beautiful service of music, prayer and reflection. In a time of year that is often filled with very busy schedules and long to-do lists, we invite you to step into this tranquil, reflective space and prepare for Christ’s coming through worship and prayer.
• Tuesday, Dec. 24 - 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service (candlelight) and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
• Christmas Day - Traditional Christmas Dinner - Meat will be provided; bring a side dish. For planning purposes, call Anne (520-2710) to make a reservation or for more details.
• Sunday Schedule - 9:00 Sunday School 10:00 Worship and 11:00 Fellowship Time 4:00 Youth Group
Have you passed by Kure Memorial lately? If so, you may have seen the sign inviting people to write their prayers on the sidewalk with chalk. If you have a special concern or prayer and write it on the sidewalk, it will be incorporated into our Sunday prayers. You can also call the church office with special prayer concerns.
THE ADVENT WREATH
The Advent wreath displayed in our sanctuary each year (as well as in many other Christian churches) is filled with symbolism. It is traditionally a circle of evergreens (representing eternal life) with four candles spaced evenly around it. The candles can be blue or purple. Traditionally, the first candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent and additional candles are lit on the three following Sundays. The first candle is known as the Prophet Candle (sometimes, the Hope Candle) and represents the Jews’ hope for a Messiah.
The second candle, the Bethlehem Candle (sometimes, the Peace Candle), recalls how Christ was humbly born in the small town of Bethlehem.
The third candle, the Shepherd Candle (sometimes, the Joy Candle), represents the joy of the shepherds upon learning of the birth of Jesus. This candle is sometimes pink or rose-colored. The 4th candle, the Angel Candle, recalls the Angel Gabriel’s message to Mary that she would bear God’s child and also the angels who announced Christ’s birth.
Sometimes a fifth candle is added, traditionally in the middle of the wreath, which is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is lit during the Christmas Eve service or on Christmas Day.